Platinum

Platinum

by Miranda Lambert
     
 

Platinum is a double-edged title. The first edge refers to Miranda Lambert's hair -- as she sings on the title track, "what doesn't kill you only makes you blonder" -- the second refers to her fame, a topic she returns to often throughout her fifth record. A star since her 2005 debut Kerosene -- it was released on the heels of her also-ran placing onSee more details below

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Overview

Platinum is a double-edged title. The first edge refers to Miranda Lambert's hair -- as she sings on the title track, "what doesn't kill you only makes you blonder" -- the second refers to her fame, a topic she returns to often throughout her fifth record. A star since her 2005 debut Kerosene -- it was released on the heels of her also-ran placing on 2003's Nashville Star, so she's never known a time outside of the spotlight -- her fame reached the stratosphere in the 2010s, after she married fellow country star Blake Shelton in 2011, not long after he became one of the judges on NBC's The Voice. This romance pushed Lambert into mainstream tabloids, a situation she addresses on "Priscilla," where she laments that "it's a difficult thing being queen of the king," an odd turn of phrase considering Miranda is by no means subservient to Blake. By most measures, she reigns supreme in 2010s' contemporary country in a way her husband does not: she's a songwriter, which he is not, she spends her spare time in the Pistol Annies and he spends his downtime on TV and she, far more than her husband, takes musical risks. Platinum is notable because Lambert tries to be everything to everyone here and damn near succeeds. There are times when she drifts too far toward crass crossover, but she doesn't run risks when she adopts a vocoder, which she does to great aplomb on "Smokin' and Drinkin'," a duet with Little Big Town that has all of their smoothness and none of their slickness. Lambert only sounds desperate when she's racing to keep up with Carrie Underwood on "Somethin' Bad" -- a song co-written by American Idol stalwart Chris DeStefano -- and perhaps on "Automatic," a paean to the past she feels too self-conscious about and doesn't have a melody to sell its nostalgia, either. Apart from these two cuts, Platinum doesn't take a wrong step, which is all the more remarkable because Lambert tries to have it both ways: she pulls out all the stops making gilded contemporary pop, but spends a significant section of the album playing songs the way they used to, covering Tom T. Hall's "All That's Left" with the Time Jumpers, offering a bluegrass ode to "Old Shit," and then concluding with a vaudeville shuffle "Gravity's a Bitch," a riotous admission that there's no denying the ravages of old age. Most of Lambert's co-writing comes on the concluding third of the record, where she collaborates with Ashley Monroe on "Holding on to You" and "Another Sunday in the South," while working with Brandy Clark on "Two Rings Shy," songs that reaffirm her taste for sharply crafted modern country, but Platinum is cannily constructed, opening with the most modern tunes ("Girls," a record that crawls when it seems like it would run, "Platinum," and the breakneck "Little Red Wagon") before settling into more pure country. Perhaps Platinum would've benefitted from a tighter construction, but its mess and lopsided sequencing wind up appealing: at its heart, this is a classic double-album where the misses enhance the home runs and, eventually, are endearing on their own terms.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2014
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0888837927826
catalogNumber:
379278
Rank:
6072

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miranda Lambert   Primary Artist
Glen Duncan   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,tiple
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Ranger Doug Green   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Jarvis   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Jay Joyce   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Marty Raybon   Background Vocals
Andy Reiss   Electric Guitar
Mike Rojas   Synthesizer,Piano
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,national steel guitar
Kenny Sears   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Joe Spivey   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass,Upright Bass
Billy Thomas   Drums
Fred Eltringham   Percussion
Carolyn Dawn Johnson   Background Vocals
Little Big Town   Background Vocals
Karen Fairchild   Background Vocals
Jimi Westbrook   Background Vocals
Eddie Perez   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jedd Hughes   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Mando Saenz   Harmonica
Brad Albin   Upright Bass
Jessi Alexander   Background Vocals
Ashley Monroe   Background Vocals
Phillip Sweet   Background Vocals
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Kimberly Roads   Background Vocals
Mallary Hope   Background Vocals
Gwen Sebastian   Background Vocals
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Piano,Accordion,Background Vocals
Audra Mae   Background Vocals
Heather Little   Background Vocals
Aubrie Sellers   Background Vocals
Nicolle Galyon   Background Vocals
Jams Byous   Background Vocals
G.K. Drakoulias   Background Vocals
Warren Givens   Background Vocals
Stephanie Lambring   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Natalie Hemby   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Scotty Wray   Composer
Neil Mason   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Miranda Lambert   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Carrie Underwood   Duet
Ashley Monroe   Composer
Brent Cobb   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Matt Wheeler   Engineer
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Jimmy Robbins   Composer
Brandy Clark   Composer
Dave Bianco   Engineer
Dixie Hall   Composer
Audra Mae   Composer
Matt Rausch   Engineer
Heather Little   Composer
Joe Ginsberg   Composer
Nicolle Galyon   Composer

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